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Parent Assisted Learning (PAL)

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Website: nkschools.org
Email: pjensen@nkschools.org
Phone: (360) 396-3570

School District: North Kitsap

Grades Served: K-12

OSPI Approval

Approved as a Single District Online School Program from the 2017-18 through the 2020-21 school year.

Access

Student Enrollment Instructions:
  • Students fill out an application
  • Upon receiving a complete application, the counselor
    and/or program administrator meets with student and
    parents to discuss program
  • When accepted, student is enrolled in classes
  • * credit checks and transcript checks are done in
    order to ensure student is enrolled in correct classes
  • Student is assigned a mentor teacher
  • * Mentor teacher arranges for weekly meeting times
    with student and/or parents
  • * Mentor teacher meets with parents and students in an introductory meeting to go over classes, schedules,
    meeting times, and explain how student will complete the courses in which he/she is enrolled

Overview

FuelEd which personalize instruction to support­ ­ ­ ­
learning for all students, mentor teachers are assigned to each student from the PAL program. Mentor teachers meet weekly or more frequently depending up on needs, with students and parents. The mentor teachers are there to advocate for the students, monitor progress made by students, as well as provide additional educational support if needed. PAL is housed in a facility that is set up specifically for a blended learning environment. Students are welcome to drop in and work on their classes as well as come in for additional tutorial help. In addition, Learning Labs are offered weekly which cover specific core topics and content. Using formative assessment, instructors determine understanding of concepts. With high quality feedback from the online instructors, mentor teachers support the learning process and encourage learner success.

Course Offerings

Subjects:

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Language Arts
  • Lifeskills-Health
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Technology
  • World Languages

Levels:

  • Advanced Placement
  • College
  • Credit Recovery
  • Honors
  • Remedial
  • Standard

Students

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PAL is a way for students (K­12) to complete a high school diploma through a blended learning environment. The curriculum is rigorous, viable and guaranteed and aligned with state and district standards.
PAL allows students the opportunity work closely with a mentor teacher as well as highly qualified content teachers provided by the online vendor, to develop a customized learning plan that leads to the completion of all course requirements for a diploma.
PAL offers learning labs for grades K­12 on a weekly basis, as well as a facility where students can drop in for extra help or to work on their courses.

Student-Teacher Contact Requirements

Student are assigned mentors at PAL. The mentors are certificated teachers. Students are required to have contact with mentors at minimum of once per week. Mentors progress monitor the student’s work and offers help when needed. The mentor also works closely with the online teacher as an added layer of support for the student. Mentors keep a detailed weekly log and monthly log which includes goals for the next week and a recap of work done the previous week. Intervention plans are written as needed by the mentor and student in order to keep the student progressing. If students miss a meeting, they are required to make up the meeting at a future date.

Courseware Platform

PAL has contracted with FuelEd for curriculum and utilizes FuelEd’s online platform which currently is BrightSpaces for the 2017-2018 school year. For the 2016-2017 school year, Blackboard was the LMS used by FuelEd.

Student Performance and Demographics

Data for school year: 2016-2017

Teacher-to-student ratio: 1:30

Course completion rate: 92% of 77 enrollments

Course pass rate: 83% of 77 enrollments

Student Satisfaction Survey

Parent Assisted Learning (PAL) did not participate in the student satisfaction survey.